Terry Oosterhart
Terry Oosterhart

Terry Oosterhart is a veteran musician who is a 3rd generation guitarist, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Terry plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and tuba. Yeah, you read that right. Not all at the same time of course! Some of Terry’s earliest musical influences were the country artists favored by his dad. These included Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Merle Haggard. Later, as he began playing guitar himself, artists such as John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, and later Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton held sway for him. Also high on his list of musical influences are guitarist Phil Keaggy and bluegrass giant Ricky Skaggs. His musical career began in high school, when he helped form and played guitar in a band playing mostly high school dances and anything else they could find. At Olivet College in the late 1970’s, Terry became part of a college group known as Take Five, which of course featured the classic Dave Brubeck song in its repertoire. Terry later played in a number of classic rock and country bands all over Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Terry’s deep love for blues based rock, and blues music, ultimately led him to his current role as the bass player for up and coming blues artist, 15 year old Jake Kershaw. He also continues to do select acoustic solo gigs, which are worked in around the Jake Kershaw Band’s busy schedule.